Two wins out of two for confident Morpeth 2nds

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Morpeth 2nds made it two wins out of two when they beat Annfield Plan by 44 runs at the weekend.

Annfield only arrived with nine players and their number was bolstered with the use of two fielders from the home side.

Morpeth batted first and Ben Gascoigne and Doug Turnbull put on 32 for the first wicket before Turnbull was out; caught for 23. Gascoigne was out LBW shortly afterward for nine.

Morpeth then lost another two quick wickets; Patrick Druce played on and Wahab Barakat was caught behind.

Jim Druce and Chris Dunn steadied the innings and both looked settled before getting out.

Ryan Hope and Elliot Clark also looked good together and pushed the score passed 100 before Hope was bowled and Clark caught.

Young Jamie Cole chipped in with a few runs before Matty Dodds and Liam Day finished off the innings with 14 not out and four runs respectively, finishing on 135 - everyone contributing.

In reply, Annfield Plain were all out for 91 in the 32nd over. Lee Maddison made 32 for the visitors, but they failed to contend with the bowling of Elliott Clark and Barakat with 3-16 and 3-14 respectively.

Morpeth 1st team lost to Ryton by five wickets.

Morpeth posted 138, with James Craigs top-scoring on 40.

Howarth took four wickets for Ryton, who in reply hit 141-5 with Howarth on 43 and opener Mo Ali on 41.

Paul Elliott took 4-52 for Morpeth.

Ponteland 1sts faced Percy Main at home and the visitors got off to a good start with openers Anthony Hornby on 64 and David Anderson on 42. James Stanstreet weighed in with 31 as Percy posted 217 all out in 50 overs. Stuart Taylor was the pick of the Ponteland bowlers with 4-27.

In reply Ponteland could only manage 103 with Jordan Armstrong top-scoring on 31. Armstrong took 4-33.

In the Northumberland Premier League Ulgham went down to a hefty 253 run defeat at the hands of Backworth in the Premier League.

With openers Ben Sutton hitting 113 and Alan Robson 99 it was a difficult day for the Ulgham bowlers, and in the end they were hit for 300 with only three wickets down, all of which fell to Chris Cowe.

By contrast, the visitors were reduced to 47-9 with only Adam Tait (10) in double figures. James Morgan and Chris Liddle claimed four wickets apiece for the home side.

It was a bad day at the office for Berwick 1sts who lost by nine wickets in their home game against Blagdon Park. On a misty day, Berwick batted first but could only manage 65, with Anthony Murray their top scorer with ten.

Blagdon then chased it down with the loss of only one wicket for a comprehensive victory, Adam Clarke making an unbeaten 38.

In League 1, Stobswood were at Bomarsund, where they won by six wickets.

Bomar were all out for only 54, with Michael Beverley and Anthony Wingfield claiming four wickets apiece.

Michael Marshall then hit 23 as Stobswood replied with 55-4 in only 17 overs.

Tillside 2nds had a big seven wicket win over Ashington Rugby Club in Northumberland League 2.

Ashington batted first and put on 148-8 with Ryan Pringle on 43 not out and opener Dean Hardy on 42. Callum Bickerton claimed a fine 5-23 for Tillside, who then chased it down for the loss of only three wickets with Keith Bickerton top-scoring on 70 and Ronan Atkinson on 51.